|The group on the tour bus with Matt|
We have maintained contact with Matt through Bowen's hospitalization. Tucker & Bowen not only share their heart defect, HLHS, they also share a birthday. Bowen was born on September 9, 2010, exactly one year after Tucker.
Through this friendship, we have found that Matt and his band are amazing musicians and songwriters. Sanctus Real has quickly become one of our favorite bands and most listened to CDs in the car. One of the amazing things is that their newest CD, Pieces of a Real Heart, is full of songs about suffering in Christ, about the heart, and about the love of a family...but all of the songs were written before they even knew that they were pregnant with Bowen. Needless to say, the music on that CD has come to mean a lot to us and we make every effort to see Sanctus Real when they are nearby.
Friday night was one of those nights when they were in the Dallas area with their "Hungry for Love" tour, with Leeland and The Afters. We got the opportunity to hang out with Matt backstage for about an hour before the concert. A big group of our heart friends were able to come too, so it was a real blessing to get to spend time sharing our stories with each other. Matt had a lot to share because Bowen had just gone home for the first time this week. The good times were enhanced by Leeland Mooring working on some new music at the piano in the background.
The concert was awesome and we were introduced to the very talented band, The Afters, and Leeland put on a great show too. Sanctus Real was amazing as usual and the crowd really got into it, especially after Matt shared Bowen's story.
After the concert, Matt invited us to hang out for a little bit with him on the tour bus. We shared some more stories, offered some advice, had a few laughs, and then we needed to let Matt get some rest. We found out some of Matt's plans to raise awareness for CHDs and we talked a little about planning a get together for all of us. It is always great to get to share our experiences and have good times with the people who have/are going through similar things as we have gone through.
We continue to be blessed by the friendships that we have gained as a result of Tucker's heart defect. God is definitely at work in our lives and we are happy to be used as a way for him to bless others. Also, we are thankful for the music that God has brought into our lives...if you don't know Sanctus Real, you should definitely check them out.
Take a few minutes and go to www.bowensheart.com to read about his story and their experiences. Matt is not only a great songwriter, he blesses me daily with his insights into the Bible and how it relates to the suffering associated with having a heart baby.
I'm going to leave you with a line from one of Sanctus Real's songs, that has become somewhat of an anthem for me in the last few months:
"I don't have every answer in life, but I'm trusting You one day at a time."